Avalanche hope to have Foote when they face Ducks

Colorado (9-10-0) at Anaheim (11-8-3) 10:00 p.m. EST

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) — The Colorado Avalanche are
struggling to stay at .500. Losing a key defenseman will not
help their cause.

The Avalanche hope to have Adam Foote back when they visit the
Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

Foote suffered a back injury on Saturday when he took a brutal
hit in a 4-3 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings.

He was hit from behind by Los Angeles’ John Zeiler, and his neck
was bent against the boards in the right corner of his own zone.
Foote lay motionless on the ice for several minutes before being
helped to his feet and skated off under his own power.

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One bright spot from the game was that Colorado picked up its
eighth consecutive win in a shootout.

The Avalanche did not waste much time on Saturday, with Milan
Hejduk and Marek Svatos clinching the win with tallies on the
first two shootout attempts.

The Ducks are 2-3-2 over their last seven games but are coming
off a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Corey Perry
scored both goals on the power play.

Anaheim has done its best work with the man advantage,
converting 20 percent of its power play opportunities. Teemu
Selanne leads the team with 10 goals, nine coming on the power